aquazoo wrote:I understand and agree with the statement that Cthulhu is alien. I'm not sure I see, however, how this figures in a consideration of any relationship with the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Are you saying FSM is not alien?
I'm sorry, I didn't explain myself properly before. I didn't mean to say FSM was or was not alien. I think somewhere, while searching for things to link to, I missed some of what I wanted to write. Let me go back to your example again.
aquazoo wrote:I wonder if Cthulhu and Flying Spaghetti Monster are two faces fo the same Diety, similar to the loving, childlike Jesus and the Jesus who whipped the merchants in the temple?
What I meant to get at was that I wasn't sure your comparison was accurate because, while FSM might (or might not) be good or kind, Cthulhu is not just evil or a little angry or cranky. Of course Cthulhu does things we would consider evil. But Cthulhu is beyond good and evil--it is a being that is so totally alien we cannot even hope to apply such concepts to it. So the comparison with the caring Jesus and the whipping Jesus seem a little inacurate to me.
If Jesus had tentacles (or noodles), then you could have a sort of caring side (that's FSM--probably).
And then the other side would be... Jesus turns up at the shop, and then, with no real anger whatsoever grows a tentacle where his head used to be,(note--image is actually Nyarlathotep--but you get the idea)
starts chanting in a haunting, deeply unsettling melody never before heard as the people all around him fall to the ground clawing at themselves, screaming and crying out uncontrollably--their very grip on reality slipping away from them alarmingly quickly. Some of them might start bashing their heads against the ground for no apparent reason. Cthulhu-Jesus might crush a few of their skulls. Or not. *shrug*
aquazoo wrote:Are Cthulhu and FSM two faces of the same? Are there other faces as well?
Yeah, they could be. Like I said towards the beginning of the thread, there's definitely a resemblance.
Actually, that's part of what I like about FSM--he's like a kinder, gentler, less insanity-inducing Cthulhu.
Has anyone started writing FSM stories yet? We need some of those I think. You know, stories like, "Well one day Isaac wss walking through the woods and then, when he was hungry and thinking about spaghetti, FSM popped out from behind a tree and said, "frooougled blurgle! I created Everything. How are you today?"
Summary: I guess I didn't really mean to say that you were wrong--just that the specific analogy you chose seemed to give a disproportionately mild
characterization of Great Cthulhu.
May you be forever touched by His Noodly Appendage. RAmen.